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Hamas leader in Gaza holds rare conversation with Russian foreign minister
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:28 AM EST
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Gaza's Hamas government says its prime minister has held a rare phone conversation with Russia's foreign minister.
Hamas, an Islamic militant group committed to Israel's destruction, is largely shunned by the international community. Although Russia has in the past hosted Hamas officials, the phone call was the first high-level conversation in months.
There was no immediate Russian comment.
Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the forces of President Mahmoud Abbas. Repeated attempts at reconciliation by the two governments have failed.